What is Law?
It is probably impossible to define law in a few words, but it might be said to be a body of rules which is recognised by a community as being binding. Laws can prevent us from doing things (like stealing) and enable us to do things (like entering legally binding agreements). The ability to read and assess complex information and to draw conclusions are vital skills for a good law student. Law students are not expected merely to find and apply law, but to assess and critique it.
How will i study?
With a full-time academic staff of more than 40, and a total student population of about 900, the School of Law is a dynamic place of research, teaching and learning. Our staff and students come from across the UK and the world.
We have always valued excellence in teaching, allied to a strong research base. Our teaching was rated 'excellent' by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the School achieved an excellent outcome in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), being ranked fourth equal among UK law schools for research.
The undergraduate courses we offer are rigorous and interesting and cover a diverse range of subjects. Teaching is primarily by lecture and tutorial class, but some modules are taught by discussion groups and seminars. The collection of law materials in the Hallward Library is vast, with around 55,000 volumes, and we have quality computer and other information resources dedicated to law students.
Assessment is primarily by exam, but in some modules this is combined with, or replaced by, coursework or research papers.
Professional recognition and exemption
The LLB, the BA Law and (if appropriate optional modules are selected) the BA Law with French Law and French, German Law and German or Spanish Law and Spanish degrees are qualifying law degrees, which allow exemption from the whole of the Common Professional Examination (CPE)/Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) of the Law Society and the Bar. Graduates wishing to qualify as barristers or solicitors may proceed directly to the vocational stage of legal training: for solicitors, the Legal Practice Course, and for barristers, the Bar Professional Training Course. A number of institutions offering these courses guarantee a place for Nottingham graduates with at least a lower second-class degree.
Students registered on the BA Law and LLB courses can apply to be transferred onto one of our four-year degree courses with the opportunity to spend one year abroad. It is a competitive process, but successful students can study in America, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand or South East Asia.
Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Career prospects and employability
All courses provide a good preparation for a wide variety of careers; the choice of course should depend not so much on your proposed career as upon aptitude, previous education and inclinations. Our four-year degree programmes provide you with a wide range of transferable skills and an excellent educational and cultural experience, which are extremely attractive to employers.
In 2012, 95.7% of first-degree graduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,088 with the highest being £42,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
Application and interview
Unless exemption is granted by the School of Law, all applicants must sit the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). For more details on the application process, please visit our applying pages.
Visit days for students offered a place are normally held in February and March. You are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us for dates of University-wide open days, or visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays